Traffic stop leads to arrest on meth-related charge

Columbus police arrested a local man for possession of methamphetamine after a traffic stop.

Officer Drake Maddix saw the driver of a moped, later identified as Jose Manuel Irizarry Rivera, 33, 5212 S. Lincoln Village Drive, fail to signal a turn at 15th and Union streets at 4:40 p.m. Tuesday, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

Maddix determined Rivera’s license was suspended and a short time later the officer found methamphetamine in one of Rivera’s pants pockets, Harris said.

Rivera was arrested on preliminary charges of possession of methamphetamine and driving while suspended with a prior conviction, Harris said.

Rivera is being held in the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of $62,500 bond, jail officials said.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.